One of my wethers lost a scur today while fighting his friend. He got it hung up on the fence and tore it off. He was bleeding pretty good, not profusely, but oozing out pretty fast. I was debating what to do and watching the flies collect around his head. I thought about flour but had used that once and ended up with a sloppy mess that needed to be soaked in antiseptic to clean up. I had already decided never to use that again but here I was stuck in a situation where I needed to do something quick. Now, years ago I owned a horse that had a recurring sore on her withers due to a degenerating vertebra in her neck. Each time it would return, I would coat it with Shriners Oil and then sprinkle garlic powder on it. It always healed up fast without infection and the flies left it alone. So I always have a large container of garlic powder in my meds box. I decided to give it a try as a blood stop. I just took the garlic powder and poured a lot of it over the wound. I had intended to provide pressure as well, but as soon as the garlic was on the bleeding slowed. After a minute or two there was a soggy spot so I poured more garlic on it. Ta da! That was all it took. So I cleaned up the rest of his head, left the garlic on and turned him loose. He smells like an Italian restaurant but he is not bleeding and the flies are not bothering him. Yay!
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